Priory Announces New Specialist Service at Potters Bar Hospital

Priory Potters Bar is already renowned for its care of physically disabled adults with complex neurological conditions including Acquired Brain Injury, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's disease, Strokes, MS, and other Degenerative disorders, who may also have mental health diagnoses, and may demonstrate behaviours that challenge.

The women entering our new unit may be informal or subject to detention under the Mental Health Act, have complex and multiple mental health diagnoses and possibly have a level of vulnerability and complex needs that would place them at risk in a more acute setting.

They may also have borderline learning disabilities, behaviours that challenge, and physical disabilities and health problems.

The new Hadley Unit aims to ensure optimum quality of life for its patients by working closely with the patients and their families and focusing on helping individuals develop existing and new skills of independence with greater access to the community.

We provide an active, focused and homely environment for women as part of their care pathway and who may be stepping down from a more acute setting. Providing flexible care programmes based on a holistic approach which uphold the core values of dignity, respect, and privacy.

The MDT includes a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, activities co-ordinator, experienced RMNs and support workers, a speech a language therapist, dietician plus community professionals including GPs and a chiropodist.

The Hadley Unit also offers individual rehabilitation programs with progressive assessments to monitor and act in response to a change in needs and levels of functioning.

The unit provides an excellent environment including spacious, en-suite rooms, choice of freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meals from its on-site chef, laundry and kitchen facilities, a garden and a therapy and activity room.

Janet Pannell, Hospital Director said: "This was a natural progression for our services at Potters Bar and compliments our current, well-respected services.

The Hadley Unit has been well received by healthcare professionals across the region and has generated much interest.

The key to our successful management and treatment of patients with complex needs is being able to offer tailored and high quality services which are responsive and flexible and irrespective of age, race, religion, gender or disability.

We aim to ensure a seamless service between patient, family, clinicians and management through effective communication to guarantee quality of care and living."